The year 2016 could probably herald a sea change in the fortunes of Bhendi Bazaar if everything goes as planned. Its much talked about Rs4,000-crore cluster redevelopment project has finally received the commencement certificate (CC) and works on the project are likely to commence soon.”We have received the CC for our sub-cluster development from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). We will rehabilitate the tenants in this sub-cluster, providing them a minimum of 350 sq.ft carpet area and 300 sq.ft of commercial space under redevelopment plan. As many as 4,500 units will be constructed as part of the project,” said Abbas Master, CEO of Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT).It’s the SBUT that has undertaken the 16.5-acre cluster redevelopment (33.9) plan, located in the heart of South Mumbai. It has already engaged the New York-based architect and designer firm, Perkins Eastman to work on the project.The sub-cluster area is around four acres, and around 700 tenants and 300 commercial establishments will have to be rehabilitated. “We will complete this sub-cluster works in three to 3.5 years, while the entire project will take 10 years. It is one of the biggest cluster redevelopment in the entire country. The Centre and Maharashtra are supporting this model project and are keen on replicating it in other parts of India,” Abbas Master said.He said the unique features about the project are its self-sustainable and eco-friendly aspects. “Each cluster will have its own sewerage treatment and power plant. There will be rainwater harvesting facility and solar panels to generate electricity. While there is no green cover at present, the redeveloped area will have 700 trees of various categories. Besides, it will have a 3.5-km-long shopping street. It will be of multiple levels where people will enjoy the shopping experience,” Abbas Master said.”The proposed roads will be 15 to 16 metres in width, and huge area will be earmarked for parking and recreation, with emphasis on greenery,” said Master adding, “Our primary agenda is to rehabilitate the people hit by the project.”Master said that the project will not only change the face of South Mumbai but also improve people’s living condition. “It will transform Bhendi Bazaar into a diverse sustainable community with a healthy neighbourhood, creating a vibrant urban area,” he said.Since the inception of the cluster development programme in 2009, a total of 46 projects were planned. But, as of now, only a couple of them are expected to become a reality, and Bhendi Bazaar could be the first.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
Gandhi also said that she has written to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to include more than one bogey for women in metro trains. “The trains are very crowded, and with the women’s bogey being the first in a train, it is a bit difficult for them,” she said. She said that she has written to ask for three bogies in longer trains and two in smaller ones. “Another scheme I really want to see take off is free bus passes for women over 60,” she said.
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Two police personnel, including an officer, were injured when militants opened fire in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Thursday.
Two police personnel, including an officer, were injured when militants opened fire in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Thursday.Sub-Divisional Police Officer Irshad Ahmad was injured in an attack on police convoy by unidentified men in Bijbehara, reported ANI.The personal security officer of Ahmad was also injured in the attack.
The probe has also revealed that out of the 150 members who formed the core ISIS group on Telegram app, at least six, including Sirajuddin, reside in India.
The reclusive Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) polymer wing marketing manager, Mohd Sirajuddin, who never connected with even his neighbours in the multi-storeyed apartment where he lived in Jaipur, had brainwashed a girl and a woman from India and South America respectively into becoming suicide bombers.Ongoing police investigations and Sirajuddin’s sustained grilling have revealed that he had brainwashed a 16-year-old school girl from Pune and a young woman in Argentina into becoming suicide bombers for the ISIS.The duo formed seminal part of the 150-odd core group members from across the world who were connected actively with the IOC manager over the online application Telegram.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both, the Argentine woman who converted from Christianity to Islam a few years ago and the school girl from Pune were in constant touch with Sirajuddin over phone as well. They had been brainwashed to the extent that both of them were readying selves for training abroad to become suicide bombers, who would wreak havoc on selected targets anywhere in the world, state police sources in the know of the investigations confided to dna.The probe has also revealed that out of the 150 members who formed the core ISIS group on Telegram app, at least six, including Sirajuddin, reside in India.Besides the Pune girl, two young working professionals hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, a youngster based in national capital Delhi and a youth from South India were among the Indians featuring in the core group.Sirajuddin, who in the past had spurned an offer by ISIS elements to go to Fiji with other members of his group for some major plans, was offered to travel to Libya along with his close channel members for some big task, sources added.The IOC marketing manager’s grilling has also revealed that he was in constant touch with a United Arab Emirates woman (an office executive in health sector) over phone and used to discuss with her several plans, including fund raising and recruitment. The woman who had honey-trapped Sirajuddin over a popular social media platform has already been grilled by anti-terror agencies after being brought to Hyderabad.Investigations have also brought to the fore that right from his engineering education days in Suratkal (Karnataka) and Coimbatore he was inclined to extremist ideology, particularly owing to growing US intervention in affairs of Muslim nations and also happenings in Kashmir.His quizzing has revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the four global enemies for ISIS members and sympathisers. The other three ISIS adversaries include US president Barack Obama, Israeli premier Benjamin Netantyahu and Iranian supreme leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei.The ISIS propagators indoctrinate among their followers on how to conquer three parts of the world, the battleground (including Syria and Iraq and adjoining neighbourhood where they were engaged in bloody battle for supremacy now), the entire west which is now fighting against them and the entire Indian sub-continent, which in the past was ruled by Muslim rulers.
The story of this Delhi youth might make you reconsider your online deals.
Buying products from e-commerce websites can prove to be a nightmare, as was the case of Akshay Manocha, a Delhi youth. In the last week of February, 2015, Manocha intended to buy an iPhone after seeing an advertisement of the same on the popular website, OLX.com.The youth, contacted a mobile phone number which was given alongside the advertisement. The voice on the other end told Manocha to meet at Jasola Metro Station in South East Delhi at 3 PM, the following day.When he reached the venue, he was further called at the Round About Jasola Vihar where he was asked to sit in a car already parked there. As he sat in the car, four persons seated in the car robbed him of his mobile phone and ATM card at gun-point.The accused then asked for his PIN number of his ATM card and withdrew 25,000 rupees.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, during a scuffle with Manocha, one of the accused dropped the pistol from the car and could not pick it up due to large public presence. Moments later, Manocha was dropped at a secluded spot after which the four people fled the area.The youth approached the police as he had noted the car’s number, but problems for the investigators had just begun. Not only was the registration number a fake, the pistol which was used to rob Manocha, turned out to be a toy gun.To complicate police investigations further, when cops approached the management of OLX, they were informed that the number given along with the advertisement belonged to a person based in Uttar Pradesh. After chasing the case for more than 9 months, investigators got their first lead when they got to know about a phone call made from the sim previously owned by Manocha.Within no time, Delhi police arrested all the accused who were identified as Ahmed Raja (29), Jahangir (22), Altmas (22) and Hashim (21). All of them belong to Sambhal district in Western UP and are said to have started the racket after suffering huge losses in cricket betting.”Accused Ahmed Raza, Jahangir and Altmas belong to good and educated families. After passing out 12th standard from their native place, they got involved in cricket betting. After some time, they came to Delhi for further studies and took admission in 3-D Interior Designing course. Meanwhile, they suffered huge losses in cricket betting due to which they were unable to continue their studies, so they started looking for easy sources of money,” said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP, South East.Further investigation is under progress and efforts are being made to ascertain their previous involvements, police said.
During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India last week, it was announced that Japan will be a partner in Malabar Naval Exercises.
Reacting sharply to India’s move of including Japan in the Indo-US Malabar naval exercises, China today said it is hopeful Tokyo will not “provoke confrontation” and “heighten tensions” in the region. “Our position is very clear. It is hoped that the relevant country will not provoke confrontation and heighten tensions in the region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing while replying to a question on Japan’s inclusion in the Malabar drills.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India last week, it was announced that Japan will be a partner in Malabar Naval Exercises, taking it from a bilateral naval exercise between India and the US to a trilateral level on a permanent basis. In his briefing, Hong reacted mildly to references to the disputed South China Sea in the talks between Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the agreement between the two countries to further civil nuclear cooperation. “China respects freedom of navigation enjoyed by the all countries in the SCS according to the international law,” he said. He, however, defended China’s construction of artificial islands with military facilities. “Construction undertaken by China in the reefs and islands of the SCS is within China sovereignty. There is no impact on freedom of navigation and over flight,” he said reacting to SCS references in the joint statement issued after Modi-Abe talks. “We hope that countries outside the region will respect efforts being made by the countries in the region to maintain security and stability of the SCS rather than the other way around,” he said. Territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve both island and maritime claims among several states within the region like China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. On the India-Japan civil nuclear deal, Hong said, “with regard to nuclear cooperation between India and Japan we always believed that on the premise of respecting nuclear non-proliferation. All countries have the right to make peaceful use of nuclear energy and carry out relevant co-operation.” “The relevant corporation should help maintain the authority and effectiveness and international nuclear non-proliferation regime,” he said.
Kohli is “hurt” that some of the former players, who have not even played for the country, give their opinion on international cricketers.
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli is unhappy that some of the former international cricketers have run down the team despite their comprehensive 3-0 win against South Africa in the recently concluded Test series.Kohli is “hurt” that some of the former players, who have not even played for the country, give their opinion on international cricketers. With Mohali and Nagpur Test matches on spin-friendly tracks ending inside three days, Kohli is certainly not amused with the kind of response he has got from former players, who have now become media pundits.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It obviously hurts when people who have played the game themselves make such comments. I am not saying all of them do it. Some of them understand the mindset of the players, having gone through similar situations in their careers. They lend you support, say the right thing and even help you with certain technicalities. But some people like to focus on the negatives. It feels bad as an Indian cricketer,” Kohli told ‘BCCI.TV’. He did pull back any punches while being critical of these former stars without naming anyone.”Growing up, you have looked up to these people and when you hear such comments from them you lose a bit of respect for them. It would be more respectful of them to come up and speak to a player individually if they feel there is some flaw that needs to be corrected,” the skipper was forthright with what he felt about the comments. While he still respects those who have played for the country, Kohli found it difficult to fathom as to how some former first-class cricketers who never played for the country made adverse remarks.”And someone who hasn’t played for the country has no right in anyway to comment on an international cricketer. I don’t think that has any kind of logic. You cannot sit there and say how you would have done something differently when you have not been in that situation yourself and don’t have the mindset of a cricketer,” Kohli, who won his second successive series as captain after the Sri Lanka triumph, said. As he has often repeated at media conferences, Kohli again expressed his displeasure at how the team has not been given their due credit despite such a handsome series win.”It is a pity. The series happened in our country and our own people are looking for weaknesses and areas of criticism, and not speaking enough about the kind of good cricket we played. They have been talking about the pitches and how that has been a factor,” Kohli said. “In this series, four of the top five run-getters were Indians. Top two wicket-takers were Indians. We have had no excuses, we played honest cricket and we got the results in our favour. We are proud of what we have done and how we have played,” he added.
India and Pakistan agree to resume high-level talks, but can they achieve lasting peace?
Other four properties owned by the don outside Maharashtra were also auctioned.
An eatery once owned by dreaded underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in South Mumbai besides his green sedan and tenancy rights to a property in suburban Matunga went under the hammer today, with a former journalist emerging as the top bidder at Rs 4.28 crore for the food joint notwithstanding a threat from the don’s aide Chhota Shakeel. Other four properties owned by the don outside Maharashtra were also auctioned. However, details of these assets and their bidders are not known. Journalist-turned-activist S Balakrishnan, who runs NGO ‘Desh Sewa Samiti’, plans to start a computer education centre for poor children on the premises of the property.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Balakrishnan pipped Durhani Trust of Bohra community in an aggressive bidding that lasted for over one hour at Hotel Diplomat in South Mumbai. Interestingly, Hindu Mahasabha won the bid at Rs 3.32 lakh to purchase Dawood’s Hyundai Accent, which was priced at measly Rs 15,700. This green sedan has been parked at a government society in Ghatkopar for the past four years and is in bad shape with burst tyres and shattered windshield. Besides Balakrishnan, a Delhi-based lawyer Ajay Shrivastava and president of Hindu Mahasabha Swami Chakrapani were among the bidders for the assets on block. The government had appointed a private firm to hold the auction under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Properties) Act, 1976. However, the winner of the tenancy rights for Dawood’s room, situated in Mahavir Building in Matunga, is not known. The base price for the 32.77 sq metre room was fixed at Rs 50.44 lakh. Delhi Zaika, earlier hotel Rounak Afroz, is located at a short distance from Dawood’s house in Dambarwala building in Pakmodia Street where his younger brother Iqbal Kaskar resides. “Our only competitor was Durhani Trust which works for redevelopment work in Bhendi Bazar. The bidding went on for one-and-half hours and finally our bid for Rs 4.28 crore was accepted in open auction,” Balakrishnan told reporters. The reserve price of the property was Rs 1.18 crore. “My NGO wants this property (eatery on Pakmodia) to help underprivileged women and children of Bhendi Bazar to learn computers. This will help the people in society and give a strong message to gangsters like Dawood that Indians are not afraid of him and he can no longer unleash terror in the country,” he said. When asked about funding for the property, which he has to manage within a month, Balakrishnan said he would arrange money from the common people of the country.
So keep your fears at bay and see what weather forecasting websites have to say about the next three days.
The situation during in rains in Chennai
The deluge in Chennai has left the city dwellers striving to fend for basic amenities and keeping illnesses at bay. Though the rains have receded and the sun shone brightly over the city today, a few rumours about the city facing yet another flood-like situation in the next 72 hoursis being shared on Whatsapp and other social media which has the potential to cause panic among the residents.Related read: Dear people of Chennai, NASA hasn’t predicted a hurricane or excess rainfall<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>So keep your fears at bay and see what weather forecasting websites have to say about the next three days.1. Indian Meteorological Department: Indian Meteorological Department’s Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai predicts moderate to heavy rainfalls for the next 72 hours for Tamil Nadu. Isolated heavy rains are expected on Wednesday in Coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry. Isolated heavy rains are predicted to occur at Toothukudi, Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts of South Coastal Tamil Nadu on Thursday. It also says that there could be a possibility if rains or thunderstorms in Chennai in the next 72 hours. 2.Skymet weather: According to Skymet weather forecasts light to moderate rain on Thursday and Wednesday respectively.3. Accuweather: Accuweather predicts a rainfall of 14 mm only on Wednesday with the rest of the period set to experience sunny to cloudy skies.4. BBC: BBC weather website predicts light clouds on Tuesday, thundery showers on Wednesday and light rain showers on Thursday.5.timeanddate.com: According to timeanddate.com, Chennai will receive 21.1 mm rains on Weddesday and 8.1 mm precipitation on Thursday.
India overcome South Africa resistance to win the final Test in Delhi by 337 runs and seal a 3-0 series victory.
India and Pakistan describe their high-level talks in Bangkok as ‘candid, cordial and constructive’.
“Mexico and India receive the dubious honour of being the most inaccurate in their perceptions on these issues, while South Koreans are the most accurate, followed by the Irish,” the survey said.
India has the “dubious honour” of being the second most ignorant nation in the world after Mexico, according to a survey which posed questions on issues like inequality, non-religious population, female employment and internet access.The survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, a London-based market research firm, polled 25,000 people from 33 countries and found that while people “over-estimate what we worry about”, a lot of major issues are underestimated.”Mexico and India receive the dubious honour of being the most inaccurate in their perceptions on these issues, while South Koreans are the most accurate, followed by the Irish,” the survey said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rankings of the nations were based on the “Index of Ignorance” which was determined by questions about wealth that the top 1 % own, obesity, non-religious population, immigration, living with parents, female employment, rural living and internet access.Most Indians “underestimate” how much of their country’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of the top 1%, the survey said, adding that the top 1% actually own an “incredible” 70 % of all wealth.The survey also found that most Indians “hugely overestimate” the proportions of non-religious people in the country to be 33% when the true figure is under 1 %.While Israel significantly underestimates the proportion of female employment (by 29 % points), people in countries like India, Mexico, South Africa and Chile all think of more women in work than really are, it said.India fell in the list of nations which overestimate representation by women in politics.Countries like Columbia, Russia, India and Brazil all think there is better female representation than there really is, the survey said.However, the Indian population seriously underestimates the rural population of the country and thinks more people have internet access than in reality.In India the average guess among online respondents for internet access is 60 per cent – an overestimation of the true picture of 41 percentage points, the survey added.
The survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, a London-based market research firm, polled 25,000 people from 33 countries and found that while people “over-estimate what we worry about”, a lot of major issues are underestimated
India has the “dubious honour” of being the second most ignorant nation in the world after Mexico, according to a survey which posed questions on issues like inequality, non-religious population, female employment and internet access.The survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, a London-based market research firm, polled 25,000 people from 33 countries and found that while people “over-estimate what we worry about”, a lot of major issues are underestimated. “Mexico and India receive the dubious honour of being the most inaccurate in their perceptions on these issues, while South Koreans are the most accurate, followed by the Irish,” the survey said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rankings of the nations were based on the “Index of Ignorance” which was determined by questions about wealth that the top one per cent own, obesity, non-religious population, immigration, living with parents, female employment, rural living and internet access. Most Indians “underestimate” how much of their country’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of the top 1 per cent, the survey said, adding that the top 1 per cent actually own an “incredible” 70 per cent of all wealth.The survey also found that most Indians “hugely overestimate” the proportions of non-religious people in the country to be 33 per cent when the true figure is under 1 per cent. While Israel significantly underestimates the proportion of female employment (by 29 percentage points), people in countries like India, Mexico, South Africa and Chile all think of more women in work than really are, it said.India fell in the list of nations which overestimate representation by women in politics.Countries like Columbia, Russia, India and Brazil all think there is better female representation than there really is, the survey said. However, the Indian population seriously underestimates the rural population of the country and thinks more people have internet access than in reality. In India the average guess among online respondents for internet access is 60 per cent – an overestimation of the true picture of 41 percentage points, the survey added.
US ride-sharing service Lyft expands global partnership to include India’s Ola and South East Asia’s GrabTaxi, in a challenge to rival Uber.
India finish the opening day of the final Test against South Africa on 231-7, with Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on 89.
The SCR has set up the following Help Line Numbers at various major stations to provide information to the passengers and minimise inconvenience.
Heavy rains and water overflowing above the danger level at Railway Bridges in Chennai-Gudur section has impacted the movement of normal train services following which the South Central Railway has cancelled 12 trains and assured full refunds of fare for the same. “Due to unforeseen circumstances such as breach or flood, the ticket is surrendered within three days excluding the scheduled day of departure of the train full refunds of fare shall be granted,” tweeted South Central Railway (SCR).The SCR has set up the following Help Line Numbers at various major stations to provide information to the passengers and minimise inconvenience.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Here are the helpline numbers:Secunderabad : 040-27786170 (On PF No:1)040-27700868, 040-27786539, (On PF No:10)Vijayawada : 0866 2575038Guntur : 0863-2222014Gudur : 7842307029
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has now taken the initiative of organising the screening of Marathi film “Partu”, which had won awards at the South Asian Film Festival in Washington, at the auditorium.
During the previous NDA regime, the Mahadev Auditorium in the Capital buzzed with activity with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and deputy Prime Minister LK Advani often taking time off from their hectic schedules to watch films there.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has now taken the initiative of organising the screening of Marathi film “Partu”, which had won awards at the South Asian Film Festival in Washington, at the auditorium. The film, based on a true story in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, has not been screened in India yet. Mahajan has invited Maharashtra and Rajasthan MPs, cutting across party lines, for the two-hour show on Thursday evening.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“The film is about how people cross state, social and lingual barriers. It would send a good message to politicians on unity,” said Nitin Adsul, the film director, who is settled in Washington. He was apparently referring to the approach of members of the Shiv Sena and MNS to migrants and North Indians in Maharashtra.Set in 1960s, the film revolves around the story of how a poor farmer in Maharashtra finds a seven-year-old boy who went missing and looks for his family. By the time he finds the boy’s family in Rajasthan, 17 years had already passed and the boy has to choose between his biological parents and the Maharashtrian farmer. While 70 per cent of it is in Marathi, the rest is in Rajasthani, with English subtitles in the film made by a US-based production company.Kishore Kadam, who played the protagonist, got Best Actor Jury Award while the film also got the Audience’s Choice award in Washington. The film will be screened in theatres in Maharashtra from December four and special screenings will be done in Rajasthan.At the Mahadev Auditorium, which is a stone’s throw away from Parliament, the sitting capacity is just 139. This is the first time that the Speaker is organising a film show in the auditorium. Mahajan was herself born in Maharashtra but got married into a family in Madhya Pradesh and has held eight consecutive terms as MP from Indore.Around two months ago, South Indian director SS Rajmouli’s Telugu blockbuster “Bahubali” dubbed in Hindi was screened at the auditorium. Information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley attended the show, sources said.They said in the UPA regime, though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not go for the screenings, which are generally of Bollywood films, his wife Gursharan Kaur often went for the shows.While Vajpayee is ailing, Advani is understood to have watched some shows in the auditorium with his family in recent times. Farmer storySet in 1960s, the film revolves around the story of how a poor farmer in Maharashtra finds a seven-year old boy who went missing and looks for his family. By the time he finds the boy’s family in Rajasthan, 17 years had already passed and the boy has to choose between his biological parents and the Maharashtrian farmer. While 70 per cent of it is in Marathi, the rest is in Rajasthani, with English subtitles in the film made by a US-based production company.
A video showing a group of people being thrown out of a cinema for not standing to the national anthem triggers a debate on patriotism in India.
“There has been a fall in poaching and illegal entry after the drone was deployed (a few months ago). People are aware that they are being watched,” said Reddy,
The big cats of the Pench tiger project in Vidarbha as well as the flora and fauna there can now rely on the eyes in the sky to protect them from poachers and tree-fellers. The officials have pressed into service a drone which will keep an eye out for intruders, be it to hunt animals or fish in the reservoir there. Located near Nagpur, the Pench tiger reserve is the first in Maharashtra and the second in India after the Panna tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh to procure an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for conservation purposes. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by the success, officials are planning to procure and deploy more drones to effectively cover reserve’s 257.26 sq.km core area and a 483.96 sq.km buffer zone, habitating 21 tigers, 33 species of mammals, over 160 species of birds, reptiles, fishes and amphibians. “We are using the drone to get an aerial view of the park,” MS Reddy, chief conservator of forests and field director of the Pench project told dna. “It provides us an aerial view of the park, its water bodies and helps map the area,” he said, adding the drone was being used for aerial reconnaissance, protection, photography and documentation. The drone can stream live photos and videos though it is not equipped with a night-vision camera as of now.”There has been a fall in poaching and illegal entry after the drone was deployed (a few months ago). People are aware that they are being watched,” said Reddy, adding the “idea itself acts as a deterrent”. “We are also using it to watch if fishing is taking place in the Pench reservoir, in violation of the ban. It helps us devise a strategy after estimating the strength of the fishermen,” he said. The drone in use costs around Rs 1.10 lakh and plans are afoot to buy bigger ones. “We are going in for bigger ones, as the one in use has a flight time of just 15 minutes. We are looking for a UAV which has a flight time of over one hour,” he added. Around 20 forest personnel have been trained in using the drone. “Technology is a great help in conservation,” he noted, adding the drone could observe intruders from a distance and could stay safe unlike camera traps which could be easily accessed and damaged. Located at a distance of around 70km from Nagpur, the Pench tiger reserve was declared as India’s 25th tiger reserve in 1999. It also has an eco-tourism area. The reserve is an important corridor between the forest areas of Madhya Pradesh (Pench Tiger Reserve) and Nagzira-Navegaon and Tadoba- Andhari Tiger Reserves in Maharashtra. African safariPlayers and coaches of the South African cricket team visited Pench on Saturday for a tiger safari. The team could get a glimpse of the big cat, a leopard and other birds and animals, said Reddy. Senior forest department officials and experts accompanied them.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The man accused of opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and killing three people said “no more baby parts” while he was being arrested, NBC News and other media reported on Saturday, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
The utterance would appear to reference the controversy surrounding the organization’s health services, which include abortion, and its role in delivering fetal tissue to medical researchers.
It could hint at a possible motive for the rampage, though NBC reported that its sources said investigators still did not know what had motivated the gunman.
Authorities have not discussed a motive for the attack at the Colorado Springs clinic, which left a police officer and two civilians dead and nine people wounded. Federal law enforcement authorities referred questions to local police. Colorado Springs police could not be reached for comment.
Shortly after the media reports, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released a statement in which she condemned the shooting.
“This unconscionable attack was not only a crime against the Colorado Springs community, but a crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood, law enforcement seeking to protect and serve, and other innocent people,” she said in the statement.
The wounded included five police officers and four civilians, who were listed in good condition at area hospitals.
Garrett Swasey, 44, who was killed in the attack, was a campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs who joined city police in responding to reports of shots fired at the clinic, authorities said. The father of two served as an elder at Hope Chapel, the church said on its website.
The suspect, identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was taken into custody at the Planned Parenthood clinic after an hours-long standoff with police and jailed ahead of a court appearance scheduled for Monday.
It was not clear if Dear, a South Carolina native who appeared to have moved to Colorado last year, had retained an attorney.
The shooting was believed to be the first fatal attack at an abortion provider in the United States in six years, although it was not known if it was related to the clinic’s abortion services. The Colorado Springs center has been repeatedly targeted for protests by anti-abortion activists.
Planned Parenthood came under fire this year after officials of the organization were secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group discussing how to obtain human tissue from aborted fetuses.
The videos have triggered protests over the national non-profit organization’s role in such activities and have become an issue in the 2016 presidential election race as conservatives in Congress seek to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. Planned Parenthood has strongly denied doing anything illegal or unethical.
“We don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack,” said Vicki Cowart, chief executive of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
In recent years, Planned Parenthood moved its Colorado Springs clinic to a facility on the city’s northwest side that opponents of abortion have called a “fortress.”
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is based in New York and Washington.
At least eight workers at clinics providing abortions have been killed since 1977, according to the National Abortion Federation, most recently in 2009 when doctor George Tiller was shot to death at church in Wichita, Kansas.
It said that clinics operated by various groups reported nearly 7,000 incidents of trespassing, vandalism, arson, death threats, and other forms of violence since 1977.
NEWCOMER TO COLORADO
Except for his name and age, police have only said that Dear recently resided in rural Hartsel, Colorado, about 60 miles west of Colorado Springs. Official records showed that he has a history of brushes with the law.
Dear lived in a trailer parked 50 yards off the highway, sharing it with a woman who may have been his wife though she rarely left the property, according to Zigmond Post Jr., who lives about a quarter of a mile away.
Post told Reuters that he first met Dear when a pair of dogs escaped from his property and Dear locked them in his yard. Dear was friendly when Post arrived to retrieve the dogs but took the opportunity to complain about President Barack Obama.
“We got the dogs back and everything and as we were getting ready to leave he handed us some anti-Obama pamphlets and told us to look over them,” Post said.
Post said he did not interact with Dear again until Wednesday, when the two men exchanged pleasantries at the post office.
“We all live out here because for some reason or another we like our solitude,” Post said. “He seemed like a guy who wouldn’t speak unless spoken to.”
Post said he believed the woman was still living in Dear’s trailer on Saturday morning when police, SWAT teams and firefighters arrived to search it. He said he heard a single gunshot from inside before they entered.
Dear appears to have moved to Hartsel from the rural Swannanoa-Black Mountain area of North Carolina last year. Records showed he purchased the Colorado property for $6,000 in October 2014 and registered to vote as an independent.
Dear was still living in Swannanoa in July 2014, according to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, which said he was issued a civil citation for allowing his dogs to run loose.
SOUTH CAROLINA NATIVE
Dear was born in South Carolina and lived in Walterboro during the 1990s and early 2000s. He was married in 1995 to Pam Dear and records showed that he had a son, Taylor Dear.
Court records did not show any criminal convictions for Dear in South Carolina, but law enforcement officers were called on several occasions after complaints about him.
According to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, Dear’s wife accused him of assaulting her at their home in 1997, but she declined to file charges against him.
In 2002 he was accused of shooting a neighbor’s dog with a pellet gun, and that same year he was arrested after being accused of hiding in the bushes at a neighbor’s house and leering at her. Court records showed he was charged with peeping to invade someone’s privacy, but the charge was dismissed by a judge and a restraining order was issued against him.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office also said that Dear had been arrested for animal cruelty in 2003. No court record was available online for that case.
(Additional reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago, Daniel Wallis in Denver, Frank McGurty in New York, Roberta Rampton in Washington and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Fiona Ortiz, Dan Whitcomb and Frank McGurty; Editing by Frances Kerry, Toni Reinhold)
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SEOUL South Korea has spent decades screening refugees from a hostile neighbour but some enemy agents manage to get through, underlining the challenges Western nations face in dealing with a far larger influx of people escaping the war in Syria.
Seoul uses lie detectors, interrogation and a screening process that includes keeping people in solitary confinement to catch North Korean agents among genuine asylum seekers.
Still, between 2003 and 2013, of the 49 North Korean spies apprehended in the South, 21 entered the country posing as refugees, according to the country’s justice ministry.
“The question of spies slipping through is always a problem, and we need to make the process more meticulous and advanced,” said Shin Kyung-min, the ranking opposition member of the South Korean parliament’s intelligence committee.
“But it’s not like we can stop taking in North Korean defectors because of that,” Shin told Reuters.
There are growing calls in the United States and in Europe to bar tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war following this month’s Paris attacks because of concerns that vetting processes are not stringent enough and that extremists planning attacks could slip through.
More than 1,000 North Koreans defect to the South every year and are held for up to 180 days while they are screened. If they clear that, the refugees are transferred to a resettlement complex, which they cannot leave, for another 12 weeks to help them adjust to life in the South.
New North Korean arrivals to the South, who typically enter via a third country, are brought to a facility in Siheung on the southern outskirts of Seoul. There, they are separated for questioning on their backgrounds and lives in the North, spending time in solitary but comfortable rooms.
No exception is made for families or children, who are taken from their parents and face similar questioning, according to a civic group.
“It was like writing my autobiography,” said a 59-year-old female defector who spent three months at the interrogation centre from 2012 and asked that she not be named because she is not supposed to talk about the process.
“I talked about my whole life in chronological order and got checked,” she told Reuters.
“I came here to change my life so there was nothing that I was afraid of.”
Lie detectors are used as a basic tool, as many defectors from the isolated and impoverished North are undocumented, a former National Intelligence Service official said.
A typical interrogation starts with the defector’s address, and the programme has built a database with locations, names and other details to compare with their story, Shin, the lawmaker said.
The National Intelligence Service declined to comment for this article.
The programme has succeeded in weeding out about 120 bogus defectors and 14 spies, local media reports last year said, citing intelligence officials. Fake defectors are believed mainly to consist of ethnic Korean citizens of mainland China. The numbers could not be independently verified.
Those found not to be North Korean defectors are deported, while those determined to be spies are prosecuted, according to South Korean authorities.
SUBMARINES AND GUNFIGHTS
Pyongyang is believed to have begun sending spies posing as defectors to the South in the late 1990s when large batches of refugees fled a massive, deadly famine.
Before that, South Korea occasionally caught armed spies who had infiltrated from across the militarised border, or via small submarines in the dark of night. Some confrontations between North Korean agents and South Korean security forces ended in deadly gunfights.
“It is not an easy process because they are disguised as refugees, highly trained, dispatched by counter-South espionage agencies,” said Jun Ok-hyun, a former deputy director of South Korea’s spy agency who retired in 2009.
“The more defectors come, the stronger the review process should be because it could be easier for North Korea to send spies as fake refugees,” he told Reuters.
Once refugees are cleared by intelligence officials, they move to a resettlement centre where they learn practical aspects of life in the modern, capitalist South, such as using an ATM and the differences in local usage of a common language that has evolved separately during seven decades of division.
They also get health checks, nutritional support and vocational training.
When defectors leave the resettlement centre and move into the general population, police officers are assigned to protect and manage them, according to police officials who declined to elaborate.
Shin, the opposition lawmaker, noted that most North Koreans entering the South are genuine refugees and said the screening programme is “quite impressive”.
“The challenge for us is to pick out the spies getting increasingly sophisticated in fabricating their stories.”
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NAGPUR, India Captain Virat Kohli said there were no demons in the pitch after his India team beat South Africa inside three days for the second time in the series to take a winning 2-0 lead in the four-match contest on Friday.
In a repeat of the opening game in Mohali, India wrapped up victory in the third test at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium with more than two days to spare after their spinners claimed all 20 South African wickets.
India opener Murali Vijay’s first-innings 40 was the highest individual score in the match but Kohli believed there was nothing wrong with a track that saw 40 wickets tumble in three days.
“It’s a challenging wicket definitely,” he told reporters after the 124-run triumph against the world’s top-ranked test side also secured his first home series win as captain.
“It’s all about application I guess, you’ve just got to take it in your stride and prepare accordingly … no excuses.
“Throughout the series you would have five to six good balls. Other than that it’s been mental blocks or bad shots from the batsmen,” added Kohli.
India’s victory ended South Africa’s nine-year run of not losing an away series and visiting captain Hashim Amla felt the pitches played a crucial role.
“The wickets were a lot more challenging,” said Amla who added 72 for the fifth wicket with Faf du Plessis before his team were bowled out for 185.
“When I first came to India in 2008 and then in 2010 I was facing (spinners) Anil Kumble and Harbhajan (Singh). If I had to face them on a wicket like this I don’t think I would have got any runs.”
Amla has endured a poor series with the bat, scoring 90 in five innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the India bowlers, claiming 12 of the 20 wickets in Nagpur, and the off-spinner said Amla and du Plessis proved the pitch was far from unplayable.
“They showed that batting was not impossible,” Ashwin said after collecting the man-of-the-match award and taking his series-leading haul to 24 scalps.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Tony Jimenez)
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South Asian youth who take enormous risks to join the Islamic State (IS) as fighters often discover the futility of their mission when they are treated as second-class citizens by their Arab counterparts.Probing the working of IS to unmask it, central security agencies in collaboration with foreign intelligence agencies have come out with startling facts that throw light on highly skewed racial discrimination that Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi youth have to go through.The first shock they get is on the marriage count. Instead of getting beautiful jihadi brides that the IS propagandists and inciters use as a bait to lure them, they often end up being used as cannon fodder by their ‘superior’ Arab commanders for suicide attacks and first line of defence during an attack.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The gender ratio in IS-held territory is highly skewed in favour of men, and when it comes to choosing women it’s the senior commanders and ethnic Arab fighters who get the priority, claim reports collated by central security agencies.“The foreign fighters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Nigeria and Sudan are the lowest in the priority list for jihadi brides since they are considered ethnically inferior to breed next generation of Jihadi IS fighters,” the report claims.The findings of the report, sources said, were corroborated by youths who managed to come back home after serving the IS.They also conceded that there is a clear hierarchy and the Arabs are preferred as officer cadre and provided better arms and ammunition, equipment, accommodation and salaries. The foreign fighters from South Asia are considered ‘non-martial’ and usually housed in groups in small barracks and paid less than Arab fighters, said sources.As the South Asians are considered apostate and incapable of fighting by the IS, they are brainwashed by the group’s maulvis who invoke the fear of ‘jinn’, a supernatural creature in Islamic mythology. The fear of jinn is invoked to ensure so the recruits do not return to their countries of origin on the premise that the jinn will continue to haunt them for the rest of their life if they do so.The South Asian and African fighters are also monitored closely by the IS police that always consists of Tunisians, Palestinians, Saudi Arabians, Iraqis and Syrian ‘superior Arabs’. The fighters from other nationalities are barred from joining the IS police, showing a clear trust deficit.Many a time, South Asian fighters are tricked into suicide attacks without being aware of their mission. They are provided a vehicle laden with explosives and asked to go near a targeted destination and call a person on a certain number, who would purportedly come and explain the mission. But as soon as driver dials the number, it works as a timer and explodes the vehicle near the targeted location.This is the reason for the disproportionately high casualties among South Asian and African foreign IS fighters than their Arab counterparts. So far, six Indian nationals have reportedly been killed in IS territory. They include Athif Vaseem Mohammad, 25, resident of Adilabad, Telangana, Mohammad Umar Subhan and Faiz Masood, 28, of Bangalore, Saheem Farooque Tanki from Kalyan (Thane) in Maharashtra and two Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists Maulana Abdul Qadir Sultan Armar, 29, from Bhatkal in Karnataka and Mohammad Sajid, 30, from Azamgarh, UP.
“Countries also must be held accountable for sanctuaries, support, arms and funds,” he said.
Amid a standoff between China and some East Asian nations over South China Sea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said oceans, space and cyberworld should not become “new theatres of contests” but be the avenues of “shared prosperity” and offered to work in this direction. Delivering a lecture here, he talked about how India and China have kept their border region peaceful and stable despite the “unresolved issues”, including the boundary question between the two countries.”In the flux and transition of our times, the most critical need in this region is to uphold and strengthen the rules and norms that must define our collective behaviour,” he said. “…We must all come together, in East Asia Summit and other forums, to build a cooperative and collaborative future, not on the strength of a few, but on the consent of all,” Modi said in his 20-minute ’37th Singapore Lecture — India’s Singapore Story’ — soon after his arrival on a two-day visit.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an apparent reference to the standoff between China and some East Asian Nations over South China Sea, he said, “India will work with countries in the region and beyond, including the US and Russia, our East Asia Summit partners, to ensure that our commons – ocean, space and cyber remain avenues of shared prosperity, not become new theatres of contests.” The statement is significance as tensions are growing over South China Sea with the US now getting involved and China warning it to keep away. Prime Minister Modi said India and China will engage constructively across the complexity of their relationship as two self-assured and confident nations, aware of their interests and responsibilities. “Just as China’s rise has driven the global economy, the world looks to China to help advance global and regional peace and stability,” he said. Noting that India and China constitute two-fifth of humanity and two of the world’s fastest growing major economies, Modi said, “China’s economic transformation is an inspiration for us.””As it (China) rebalances its economy, and as India steps up the pace of its growth, we can both reinforce each other s progress. And, we can advance stability and prosperity in our region,” Modi said, adding that both the nations together can be more effective in addressing the common global challenges, from trade to climate change. Prime Minister Modi also called for delinking terrorism from religion and said it does not just take a toll of lives, but can derail economies. “Nations must cooperate more with each other. Societies must reach out within and to each other. We must delink terrorism from religion, and assert the human values that define every faith,” he added.Noting that terrorism’s shadow stretches across societies and nations, both in recruitment and choice of targets, Modi said the world must speak in one voice and act in unison. “There will be political, legal, military and intelligence efforts. But, we must do more,” he asserted. “Countries also must be held accountable for sanctuaries, support, arms and funds,” he said.Though he did not name any country, his mention about sanctuaries was an apparent reference to Pakistan where several terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani Network are based and nurtured by the establishment.Talking about next week’s Climate Summit, Modi said, “We are a few days away from Paris, where we must achieve concrete outcome, in accordance with the principles of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is especially important for our region, particularly the small island states.” Modi also promised a greater role for Singapore in India’s growth story and said the city-state will be a major trading partner for India. The Prime Minister said he was conscious of the fact that he was following the footsteps of leaders who have shaped India in delivering this lecture. “Destiny of India and Singapore are deeply linked.” Before Modi, other Indian leaders who have delivered the annual Singapore Lecture of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute include former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former Prime Ministers P V Narsimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.”Few countries can celebrate the first fifty years of existence with a sense of pride and satisfaction that Singapore deserves to. And, I can do no better than to begin with homage to one of the tallest leaders of our time and the architect of modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew,” Modi said. “For me, he was a personal inspiration. From his Singapore Stories, I drew many lessons,” he added.”Singapore is a nation that has become a metaphor for reality of dreams. The lack of resources is no constraint for inspiration, imagination and innovation,” he added. “It has inspired this region’s progress and led in its integration,” Modi said, adding that Singapore’s success became an aspiration for Indians. “And, in turn, India became the hope for a more peaceful, balanced and stable world.”Noting that India and Singapore have been together at many crossroads of time, Modi said, “We stood together at the dawn of freedom…Singapore success has become India’s springboard to the world and gateway to the East.” “We have comprehensive defence and security cooperation. Singapore is the biggest investment source,” Modi said.Starting from the first IT park in Bengaluru, the partnership has now moved to the newest city of Amaravathi, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, he noted. “We are linked by geography and history in case of each ASEAN member. We look forward to a more dynamic partnership between India and ASEAN,” the Prime Minister said.
According to an intelligence report prepared by foreign agencies and shared with Indian agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered inferior to Arab fighters.
Dreaded terrorist group ISIS does not consider South Asian Muslims, including Indians, good enough to fight in conflict zone of Iraq and Syria and treated as inferior than Arab fighters but often tricks them and push into suicide attacks.According to an intelligence report prepared by foreign agencies and shared with Indian agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered inferior to Arab fighters. There appears to be clear hierarchy wherein the Arab fighters are preferred as officer cadre and provided better arms and ammunition, equipment, accommodation and salaries.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The fighters from South Asia are usually housed in groups in small barracks and are paid less than the Arab fighters and are provided inferior equipment,” the input says.There are reports that the so-called inferior fighters are also, at times, tricked into suicide attacks. Usually they are given a vehicle loaded with explosives and asked to go near a targeted destination and call a certain number, who would purportedly come and meet them to explain the mission. However, as soon as the number is dialled, the car explodes due to a pre-set mechanism aimed at destroying a specific target.A total of 23 Indians have so far joined the ISIS of which six reportedly killed in different incidents. The dead are: Athif Vaseem Mohammad (Adilabad, Telangana), Mohammad Umar Subhan (Bangalore, Karnataka), Maulana Abdul Kadir Sultan Armar (Bhatkal, Karnataka), Saheem Farooque Tanki (Thane, Maharashtra), Faiz Masood (Bangalore, Karnataka) and Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid (Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh).The intelligence report suggests that there is a disproportionately high level of casualty among the South Asian and African foreign terrorist fighters since they are forced to the frontlines of battle as foot soldiers.The Arab fighters with better battle experience are mostly positioned behind these fighters and hence their casualties are proportionally less in terms of their total numbers. This explains why so many Indians from a small Indian contingent have died, it says.The intelligence report says there is information that foreign fighters of Chinese, Indian, Nigerian and Pakistani origin are housed together and are monitored closely by the ISIS Police. Incidentally, only Tunisian, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi and Syrian are allowed to be in the ISIS Police force, which is barred for fighters of all other nationalities. Hence, there is a clear trust deficit between the dominant Arab fighters from other nationalities, who are mostly attracted to ISIS through its sophisticated propaganda techniques on the Internet.There is also information, the intelligence input suggests, that the ISIS considers Islam, as it is practised in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh .., as apostate and a departure from the original teachings of Quran and Hadith, which makes them less motivated towards Salafist Jihad. Hence, there are authentic reports of brain washing of fresh recruits from South Asia and certain other countries by invoking the fear of ‘Jinn’, which are considered supernatural creatures in Islamic mythology, the intelligence input says.The fear of ‘Jinn’ is invoked to ensure that the recruits from these countries do not return to their countries of origin on the premise that the ‘Jinn’ will continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives if they do so. Further, passports of foreign terrorist fighters from South Asia and certain African countries are usually burnt upon their arrival in Iraq-Syria to prevent them going back to their countries.
Srinagar: Resolution, reconciliation and development constitute the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s core agenda and it would continue to pursue the same with unflinching consistency to ensure political stability and economic prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday.
“It is with this objective that, despite all odds, PDP entered into an alliance with BJP to revive the process of political reconciliation and economic rejuvenation in Jammu and Kashmir which was initiated by the PDP-led coalition government in 2002,” Mehbooba who is a member of parliament from South Kashmir’s Anantnag said.
Maintaining that gun is no solution to any problem, she expressed hope that the country’s leadership would take a cue from the events in the Middle East and work with a fresh resolve towards fostering a new era of inclusiveness and reconciliation in the South Asian region.
“The lesson to be learnt from the death and destruction in Afghanistan and now in Middle East is that gun is no solution to any problem, whether used by the state or the non-state actors, and only way to ensure stability is through dialogue and reconciliation.
“I am sure that India’s political leadership will take a cue from the tragic events in the Middle East and work, with fresh resolve, towards fostering a new era of inclusiveness and reconciliation in the country and the region,” Mehbooba said while addressing a party workers convention.
She said in the emerging global scenario where some “dubious fringe elements” are resorting to atrocious violence in the name of Islam, reconciliation in the sub-continent has become an inevitability to keep such elements away from destabilizing the region.
“J&K can become the torch-bearer of such a reconciliatory process in the region as the State and its people have exhibited the mellowness and highest levels of religious tolerance even during the worst times of the sub-continent’s history,” she said.
She said at the time of partition, the State’s then political leadership did not accept the “two nation theory” and preferred India over Pakistan.
“In lieu of this, J&K was granted special status in the Indian Constitution which distinguishes it from the other states of the country in many ways,” Mehbooba said, adding, “While, it has been made clear in the PDP-BJP ‘Agenda of Alliance’ that the State’s present position will be maintained on all the constitutional provisions pertaining to J&K including the special status in the Constitution of India, the state government is continuing its efforts to catalyze reconciliation and confidence building process within and across the Line of Control (LoC) to create an enabling environment for sustainable peace, all round economic development and prosperity of J&K.”
Mehbooba said the reconciliatory and developmental process facilitated by the then PDP-led government between 2002 and 2005 had sparked political, economic and social activity on a phenomenal scale in the state facilitating complete transformation of the ground situation on almost
“We are looking forward and working towards facilitating a similar scenario in the State and the region so that Jammu and Kashmir could become a bridge of friendship between India and Pakistan instead of a bone of contention,” she said.
“The process of political and economic transformation in J-K has already been set into motion and the results will be visible on the ground soon with people reaping the benefits of a new era of peace and development,” the PDP leader said.
Mehbooba said the biggest challenge for the PDP is to be with the people, show solidarity with them and give them the much needed sense of security and relief on development front and the party is committed to its resolve of bringing prosperity to J-K and its people.
“We are firm in our resolve to mark a new beginning and with the support of the people end the gloomy scenario of despair, alienation and development deficit, in the state,” she said.
She said with the announcement of the Rs 80,000 crore economic package by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the State Government is going to revive the process of rehabilitation, reconstruction and economic rejuvenation on a massive scale.
“The package would not only ensure fresh relief for the flood-affected people, but also bring a turnaround in key sectors like road communication, health, education, tourism, power, urban development and employment generation with huge resources being made available for new initiatives in these sectors,” she said.
The Indian PM also praised Vivekananda for travelling to the west at the age of 30 to spread the message of spirituality.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled a statue of Swami Vivekananda and paid a floral tribute at Ramakrishna Mission in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on the sidelines of a crucial summit of South East Asian nations.Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that Vivekananda was a representation of India’s ancient culture and the soul of India. He added that India’s cultural tradition is very rich and ancient, from the Vedas to Vivekananda.”Narendra (Swami Vivekananda) was not out looking for a guru or any kind of religion, what he was in search of was the truth. If we are able to maintain the true identity of who we are (as Indians), then we will be able to instill values of Swami Vivekananda in ourselves,” Modi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi pointed out that like Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahansa was also not looking for a disciple, he was searching for truth. “One was dedicated to the truth, while the other was searching for it. It is this quest that brought them together,” Modi said.”Swami Vivekananda used to say that service of humanity is service of God. During a visit to Kolkata, some youngsters asked Vivekananda how they could find God. Go play football, play it with full passion and intensity. Perhaps then you will find God, he replied,” said Modi.The Indian PM also praised Vivekananda for travelling to the west at the age of 30 to spread the message of spirituality.Claiming that Vivekananda was also behind the concept of ‘One Asia’, the Indian PM said, “It was Swami Vivekananda who first gave the concept of One Asia that ASEAN is speaking of today”. Modi also claimed that while the world was talking of global warming today, Indian tradition had always seen God in plants. “In fact all our gods and goddesses are linked to some forces of nature. We personify them through trees, animals, birds. The message is very simple – that nature should not be exploited, we should live in harmony with nature. This is what can save the world,” Modi said.Praising the tradition of Yoga, Modi said that the western world is today attracted to the practice, which holds great promise for healthcare, and helps lead a tension-free life.Earlier, PM Modi in a speech at the ASEAN Summit had called for new strategies to combat Islamist terrorism.Related Read: ASEAN Summit: PM Modi calls for new strategies to combat terrorism, Obama vows to destroy ISIS
“India hopes that all the parties to the disputes in the South China Sea while will abide by the guidelines on the implementation of the Declaration of the conduct of the parties in South China Sea, and redouble efforts for early adoption of a Code of Conduct on the basis of consensus,” he added.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for ‘peaceful means’ to settle all territorial disputes.”India shares with ASEAN a commitment to freedom of navigation, over flight and unimpeded commerce, in accordance with accepted principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the law of the Sea. Territorial disputes must be settled through peaceful means,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the 13th ASEAN-India Summit at the Convention Centre here.”India hopes that all the parties to the disputes in the South China Sea while will abide by the guidelines on the implementation of the Declaration of the conduct of the parties in South China Sea, and redouble efforts for early adoption of a Code of Conduct on the basis of consensus,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister insisted that specific plans of co-operation with maritime security, counter-piracy and humanitarian and disaster relief should be evolved.Prime Minister Modi also said that he is looking forward to ASEAN leading the way in defining the regional architecture and that India attach the highest priority to this partnership.”The 1st ASEAN-India Cyber Security Conference we hosted in Jan 2015 should be the springboard for greater cooperation. ASEAN remains the largest investment partner ? both for inward and outward flows, but there is great potential for expansion,” he said.He also called for enhancing cooperation with ASEAN on terrorism and for adoption of Comprehensive Convention on international terrorism.
“On the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, the state authority has been focusing on uprooting Naxals from a major portion of Sukma and Bijapur, which is very important from a strategical point of view,” a senior police official involved in anti-Naxal operations told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Encouraged by their recent success against Naxals, security forces in Chhattisgarh are focusing on targeting the senior rung of the ultras in South Bastar, the strongest base of the outlawed Maoists in the country.Atleast 10 rebels, including five self-styled “commanders”, were gunned down in the past 17 days in Sukma and Bijapur districts where paramilitary forces along with the state police are engaged in intense anti-Maoist operations since early this month.”On the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, the state authority has been focusing on uprooting Naxals from a major portion of Sukma and Bijapur, which is very important from a strategical point of view,” a senior police official involved in anti-Naxal operations told PTI on condition of anonymity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The forests of Sukma and neighbouring Bijapur, located around 450 kms from Raipur in the state’s extreme south, not only help rebels in movement across Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra through Chhattisgarh, but are also ideal for guerrilla warfare training due to dense tree cover, he said.The region is also considered an ideological base of Maoists and Sukma and Bijapur are among the highly militarised districts in the country.While as many as 11 battalions (nearly 1,000 personnel each) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), including its elite CoBRA wing, have been deployed in Sukma, eight battalions of paramilitary forces are stationed in Bijapur, he said.Nearly 13,000 and 10,000 security personnel (including of state force) are engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Sukma and Bijapur, respectively, the official said.”The recent operations have considerably weakened the morale of the cadres in their base area and the security forces do not want them to re-group. Therefore the strategy is to target the prominent and senior leaders, rather than going after the foot soldiers,” he said.Senior Maoist leaders Papa Rao, Ganesh Uike, besides “commanders” Hidma, Nagesh and Sonu, active in South Bastar, are among those on the radar, he said.”We have got success in recent operations conducted in core areas of Sukma and more intense operations are in the offing to cripple Maoist cadres in their stronghold,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.The strategy is to target some crucial restive locations of the region and set free those areas from the clutches of ultras, said Singh, who is handling anti-Maoist operations wing in the district.He said the forces were continuously tracking the locations of senior leaders and dreaded commanders and launching exercises based on intelligence inputs.An operation yesterday was based on a tip-off about presence of Maoist commander Hidma, who is the self-styled head of “1st military battalion” of Naxals, in Bhejji area of Sukma.Although Hidma managed to escape as the encounter broke out between security forces and ultras, but two cadres, including a woman, were gunned down.The deceased were identified as Aaytu, head of Janatana Sarkar in Jagargunda area of Sukma, and woman Naxal Jogi, who was a local area “commander”.Similarity, Rainu, who was “commander” of Bairamgarh area committee’s action team, was among the four rebels killed by security forces in Bijapur on November 13.
A boat plying in the Velachery area of South Chennai
Rains under the influence of north east monsoon today, hit normal life in several parts of Tamil Nadu where educational institutions remained closed even as the weather office forecast heavy downpour in the next three days in the state, Puducherry and coastal Andhra Pradesh.In Chennai, office-goers faced a harrowing time due to water-logging and delay in train services. Several areas, including Mylapore (South Chennai), Vysarpadi and Perambur (North Chennai) have remained inundated since yesterday due to flooding.The city has been experiencing continuous rains since Saturday night with the spell reduced to a drizzle on Monday. India Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rains in the next three days in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and coastal Andhra Pradesh. Incessant rains continued in Nagapattinam district for the third consecutive day on Monday throwing normal life out of gear. Paddy crops in hundreds of acres remain submerged in this region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Till 8 AM on Monday, Tarangambadi in Nagapattinam district recorded the highest rainfall of 54 mm. Other areas in the district have recorded over 45 mm of rainfall.More than 10,000 fishermen did not venture into the sea for the fourth consecutive day due to the rough conditions.Senior IAS officer Shivdas Meena, who has been appointed the flood monitoring officer for Nagapattinam district, toured various parts of the district along with District Collector S Pazhanisamy. Kollidam, Thalaignayiru and Ananthamangalam areas, which have been identified as flood prone areas, are under round-the-clock vigil. Meena told reporters 12 cyclone shelters have been kept ready to offer emergency services.
The spokesman said that the NSCN (K) has resorted to terrorism by killing innocent civilians and security forces and engaged in other violent activities including the June four attack on an Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur.
File photo: Recovered weapons after NSCN(K) militants killed in encounter with Assam Rifles
ational Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), a group which is allegedly responsible for killing of 18 army personnel in Manipur, has been declared a terrorist organisation under the stringent anti-terror law.In a gazette notification issued recently, the government declared NSCN-K, all its front organisations and formations as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, a Home Ministry spokesman said.The group, which had signed a peace agreement in March 2001, had withdrawn unilaterally from the ceasefire agreement in March this year after it was alleged that the area along Indo-Myanmar border being under their control was fast turning out to be ‘safe-zone’ for terrorists of ULFA faction led by Paresh Barua, the NDFB led by I K Songbijit, and the Meitei armed groups like the People s Liberation Army of Manipur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The spokesman said that the NSCN (K) has resorted to terrorism by killing innocent civilians and security forces and engaged in other violent activities including the June four attack on an Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur.This case is being probed by the NIA, which has announced a bounty of Rs 17 lakh for providing information about two top leaders of militant NSCN-K including its chief S S Khaplang who were allegedly behind the strike.The probe agency declared a cash reward of Rs seven lakh for Khaplang while a Rs 10 lakh bounty was announced for Niki Sumi, self-styled chief of the armed wing of NSCN-K, who is alleged to have led a group of rebels on June four.Khaplang is a resident of Myanmar while Sumi hails from Nagaland. There are reports that 75-year-old Khaplang was in a hospital and later shifted to Taga, a place which is at a junction of India-Myanmar-China border.Army trucks were attacked with ‘Lathod guns’ and grenades by suspected terrorists of NSCN (Khaplang), killing 18 soldiers and injuring 15 others in the Manipur attack.The militants had formed three groups to carry out the attack and explosive-laden cans were planted alongside the road to maximise the damage, the sources said.NSCN(K), which walked out of a ceasefire agreement with India in March this year, has been involved in a series of attacks in tandem with some other militant groups in the North-East under the banner of ‘United Liberation Front of South East Asia’.
With the arrest of these two, the number of people nabbed in this case has gone up to five.
Two more persons have been arrested in connection with the terror attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur in August, taking to five the number of those held in the case being probed by the NIA. Khursheed Ahmed Ittoo and Fayaz Ahmed Ittoo were arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police over the last two days and handed over to the NIA, the investigating agency said. They were arrested after their names surfaced during the investigation in the terror attack in which two BSF personnel were killed and a number of others injured on August 5, NIA said.With the arrest of these two, the number of people nabbed in this case has gone up to five. This includes Pakistani terrorist of banned Lashker-e-Taiba Mohammed Naved, one of the two attackers overpowered by locals after the terror strike. His associate was killed in the return fire by BSF. NIA alleged that Khursheed used his car as pilot vehicle for the truck in which Naved and his accomplice Mohammed Noman travelled from the Kashmir valley to Udhampur for executing the attack at Samroli in Udhampur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khursheed is alleged to be in constant touch with the truck driver Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar and he coordinated with the militants regarding the place of attack and other logistics, the NIA said in a release. The entire conspiracy of Udhampur terrorist attack was executed in the house of Fayaz in Kudwani of South Kashmir. NIA had announced a cash reward of Rs two lakh on information leading to his arrest. The two arrested accused will be produced before the Special NIA court. The NIA is expected to seek their custody for interrogation.A group of four LeT terrorists Mohammad Naved Yakub, Zhargham alias Mohammed Bhai, Abu Okasa and Noman had entered India from Baba Reshi in Baramulla district to south Kashmir. The group split into two. One group attacked BSF convoy in Udhampur on August 5, during which Naved was arrested and his associate Mohammed Noman alias Momin was killed. The main conspirator of the case Abu Qassim, the Lashker’s terror group’s top commander, was killed last month during an encounter at Kulgam.The NIA had already arrested Showkat Ahmed Bhat and Khursheed Ahmed who were also involved in the alleged transportation of the terrorists in Kashmir.
“There were no CCTV cameras but on prima facie it is appearing the case of robbery as the wardrobe has been ransacked and destroyed,” RS Krishnaiya Joint Commissioner of Police, South Delhi told the media.
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In a horrific case of twin murder, an elderly couple were allegedly smothered to death in the posh colony of Kailash area early on Friday morning by unidentified men after their house was ransacked.Manohar Lal Madan was 84 years old, his wife Vimla was 80, and the couple were in the national capital to spend Diwali with their eldest son.”There were no CCTV cameras but on prima facie it is appearing the case of robbery as the wardrobe has been ransacked and destroyed,” RS Krishnaiya Joint Commissioner of Police, South Delhi told the media.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The intruders reportedly went to the building to proceed with robbing the place, however, they went ahead to the first floor and tried to attack their son.The family is asserting that it is a case of robbery. It has not been clear until now how much has been stolen by the assailants.
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Pakistani forces kill two Indian troops in firing along the de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two countries, India’s army has said.
Twenty-three Member of Parliaments of South Asian-origin were elected to the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada on October 19 parliamentary elections.
PM Narendra Modi with former Canada PM Stephen Harper at a gurudwara in Vancouver in April 2015.
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Four years after Punjabi became Canada’s third most common language, it has now attained the same status in the country’s new Parliament after English and French following the election of 20 Punjabi-speaking candidates to the House of Commans.Twenty-three Member of Parliaments of South Asian-origin were elected to the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada on October 19 parliamentary elections.Three of them, Chandra Arya – born and raised in India, Gary Anandasangaree – a Tamil and Maryam Monsef – of Afghan origin, do not speak Punjabi, The Hill Times Online reported. Of the 20 who speak Punjabi, 18 are Liberals and two are Conservatives. Among the newly-elected Punjabi-speaking MPs, 14 are males and six are females. Ontario elected 12, British Columbia four, Alberta three and one is from Quebec.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau is scheduled to unveil his Cabinet this week and some of these Liberal MPs are expected to be included in the front bench.”The voice of the Indo-Canadian community will now be very well represented in the Parliament. In the overall aspect of it, the South Asian community won,” MP Deepak Obhrai of Conservative Party said.In an interview with the paper, Navdeep Bains, a Liberal MP, said although 20 Punjabi-speaking MPs have been elected, these MPs represent all constituents regardless of their party affiliation or ethnic origin.”It speaks to our commitment to diversity and allowing individual [MPs] to play an important role in our political institutions. The main issue to understand is that we have a very clear mandate to execute our platform and we also have a responsibility to represent our constituents, which are very diverse,” Bains said.Iqra Khalid, the Liberal MP who was born in Pakistan, said the diversity of the newly-elected House reflects the true make-up of Canada.According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, 430,705 Canadians identified Punjabi as their mother tongue, making it the third most common language after English and French. The 430,705 native Punjabi speakers make up about 1.3 per cent of Canada’s population. The 20 Punjabi-speaking MPs represent almost six per cent of the House of Commons.
Regular foreign policy consultations and security dialogue meetings have provided impetus to the bilateral relationship.
Bilateral relations between India and the Philippines, based on shared values of anti-colonialism, strong democratic polity and South-South Cooperation have been growing significantly (indiannavy.nic)
Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, which is currently on operational deployment to South China Sea and North West Pacific region in pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, on Sunday entered Manila, the capital of the Philippines.’INS Sahyadri’ is likely to be in Manila till November 4 for extensive interactions with the Philippine Navy, an official release said. The visit of ‘INS Sahyadri’ is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing interoperability between navies of the two countries, it said.During the stay in the harbour, various activities aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two navies are planned including official calls on local naval and civilian dignitaries, reception on board the ship, the release said. Visits to the ship by the local people, guided tours for Indian Naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, are among the other activities planned during this period, it said. Bilateral relations between India and the Philippines, based on shared values of anti-colonialism, strong democratic polity and South-South Cooperation have been growing significantly in the recent past, spurred by both economic as well as security engagements.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Regular foreign policy consultations and security dialogue meetings have provided impetus to the bilateral relationship, it added. ‘INS Sahyadri’ is an indigenously built warship of the Shivalik Class. Inducted into the Indian Navy on July 2012, the multi-role stealth frigate, boasts of an impressive array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long-range anti-ship missiles, medium and short-range surface-to-air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of surface and air threats. The capability to carry two integral multi-role helicopters significantly enhances the potency of this ship.On departure, the ship is planned to exercise with the Philippine Navy ships for improving interoperability in communication as well as search and rescue procedures, the release said.
“These are perspectives on the human development that India and Africa share, these are perspectives that we can together contribute to the rest of the world for handling conflicts and crises,” he added.
Against the backdrop of incidents of violence with communal and casteist overtones, President Pranab Mukherjee once again emphasised the importance of diversity, saying it is “our lifeblood” and ensures that “we value co-existence, dialogue, mutual understanding and peace”. He made the remarks in the context of India and Africa while addressing a banquet hosted for leaders of 54 African nations who are here for a Summit for which he hailed the “drive” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.India and Africa understand each other and for both “diversity is our lifeblood” as it “enriches us and makes us even stronger. It ensures that we value co-existence, dialogue, mutual understanding and peace,” Mukherjee said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”These are perspectives on the human development that India and Africa share, these are perspectives that we can together contribute to the rest of the world for handling conflicts and crises,” he added.These remarks of the President assume significance as these come against the backdrop of certain incidents in the recent times which had communal and casteist overtones, like the Dadri lynching, controversy over beef and burning of a family of Dalits in Haryana.Mukherjee said the difficult decades of colonial rule and cruel oppression, economic deprivation and racial discrimination may be behind us but the challenges are far from gone and they have changed.”We have still to overcome poverty and disease, terrorism and drug trafficking, lack of education and training,” he said.He said both India and Africa have stood in days of struggle and “we will stand together in this challenging dawn of development. India is ready to share its democratic experience, its agricultural expertise, its capacity building potential, its healthcare institutions, its peacekeepers with our partners from Africa.”Once again we are determined that our struggle will be based on principles – the principles of equality and partnership, of mutual benefit, of human dignity. For India and Africa, guided by the vision of Mahatma Gandhi who belonged to both, that is the only path.” Hosting a banquet for representatives of African Nations at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said a century ago when the construction of this building (President’s House), began, it would have been difficult to imagine such a moment when India as well as so many African nations would discard their colonial chains, threw away the imperial yoke and one day stand together here to celebrate freedom, democracy and human dignity.’I’m supremely confident that the work done during the summit, refreshing of a collective vision for the future of our people will be critical in defining the directions and counters of our political and economic engagements,’ said the President. He said given that India and Africa are home to a third of the world’s populations, this engagement is certain to have an impact on the future of the sustainable development of the world.’Your shared visions and guidance reflected in the two documents ‘ Delhi Declaration 2015 and India-Africa Framework for Strategic Cooperation ‘ that have been adopted by you at the summit and encapsulate the India-Africa Strategic Partnership, is a unique example of South-South Cooperation,’ the President added.The Delhi Declaration called for continued collaboration in the fields of peace and security, besides strengthening of the UN counter-terrorism mechanism and enhancing cooperation and coordination to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.The India-Africa Framework for Strategic Cooperation reaffirmed strong commitment to work together for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations system, including the Security Council, to make it more regionally representative, democratic, accountable and effective. The third edition of the India-Africa Forum Summit 2015, which was commenced on October 26 at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex here, concluded here on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering the vote of thanks.
AMSTERDAM An arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the Philippines has filed against China over disputed areas in the South China Sea.
In a legal defeat for China, the Hague-based tribunal rejected Beijing’s claim that the disputes were about its territorial sovereignty and said additional hearings would be held to decide the merits of the Philippines’ arguments.
China has boycotted the proceedings and rejects the court’s authority in the case. Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, dismissing claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.
The tribunal found it has authority to hear seven of Manila’s submissions under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and China’s decision not to participate did “not deprive the tribunal of jurisdiction”.
Bonnie Glaser, a South China Sea expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, called the outcome “a major blow for China given that the opinion explicitly rejects China’s arguments that … the Philippines has not done enough to negotiate the issues with China.”
The court said it could hear the arguments including one contending that several South China Sea reefs and shoals were not important enough to base territorial claims on. China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the sea and claiming control over the waters within a 12-mile radius.
On seven other submissions, including that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign right to exploit its own territorial waters, the court said it would reserve judgment about jurisdiction until it had decided the merits of the case.
No date has been set for the next hearings, which will also be closed to the public.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration was established in the Netherlands in 1899 to encourage peaceful resolution of disputes between states, organisations and private parties. China and the Philippines are among its 117 member countries.
(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling; Editing by Tom Heneghan)
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India and Africa are united by their common goals of peace, progress and prosperity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said as she sought cooperation and partnership between the two in the spirit of “sabka saath, sabka vikas.”
India and Africa are united by their common goals of peace, progress and prosperity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said as she sought cooperation and partnership between the two in the spirit of “sabka saath, sabka vikas.”Speaking at the third India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi, she said the gathering of Heads of Governments and States was like a “family reunion” and pointed to the shared history of struggle against imperialism, colonialism, racial discrimination and apartheid.Swaraj said at one time India and Africa were one landmass, united by geology and today are “united by our common goal for progress, prosperity and peace around the world.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She said two are also joined together by the 2.7 million strong Indian diaspora in Africa, which is contributing actively to its economic development.”India has always stood for and with Africa. Ours is a relationship forged in the crucible of the shared struggle against imperialism, colonialism, racial discrimination and apartheid. That era is now behind us, but the solidarity engendered by that shared struggle continues,” Swaraj said.She said the modern partnership between India and Africa rests on the pillars of economic growth, development and empowerment and is a consolidation of engagement at various levels bilateral, regional and pan African.”The longstanding and multifaceted India-Africa development partnership is based on the principles of equality, friendship and solidarity. It represents one of the finest examples of South-South cooperation,” Swaraj said adding that she was confident that the Summit will chart a bold new course for future cooperation.”We want to travel far on the path of development and we want to travel together with our African friends and partners, in the true spirit of sabka saath, sabka vikas (Together with all, Development for all).
India, Indonesia and China had the largest number of cases at 23%, 10% and 10% respectively of the global total in 2014.
India recorded the largest number of Tuberculosis cases in the world last year, according to a report by the WHO that said 1.5 million people died in 2014 from the disease which ranks alongside HIV as a leading killer worldwide. World Health Organisation’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, released on Wednesday, said that of the 9.6 million new TB cases in 2014, 58% were in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions. India, Indonesia and China had the largest number of cases at 23%, 10% and 10% respectively of the global total in 2014. Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa also had high numbers of TB cases last year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nearly 1.5 million people died from the disease last year, including 140,000 children, according to the report. “Most of these deaths could have been prevented. The disease ranks alongside HIV as a leading killer worldwide,” it said. Approximately 90% of total TB deaths (among HIV- negative and HIV-positive people) and 80 % of TB deaths among HIV-negative people occurred in the African and South-East Asia Regions in 2014. India and Nigeria accounted for about one-third of global TB deaths (both including and excluding those among HIV-positive people), the report added. The report noted that globally, TB prevalence in 2015 was 42 % lower than in 1990. The target of halving the rate compared with 1990 was achieved in three WHO regions the Region of the Americas, the South-East Asia Region and the Western Pacific Region and in nine high-burden countries of Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Uganda and Vietnam. In 2014, there was a marked increase in global TB notifications for the first time since 2007. The annual total of new TB cases, which had been about 5.7 million until 2013, rose to slightly more than 6 million in 2014, mostly due to a 29 % increase in notifications in India, which followed the introduction of a policy of mandatory notification in May 2012, creation of a national web-based reporting system in June 2012 and intensified efforts to engage the private health sector. The report said that intensified efforts, such as those already being made in India, are needed to ensure that all cases are detected, notified to national surveillance systems, and treated according to international standards. It said that in order to reduce TB’s overall burden, detection and treatment gaps need to be closed, funding shortfalls filled and new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines developed. Effective diagnosis and treatment saved 43 million lives between 2000 and 2015, according to the report, the 20th in a series of annual evaluations produced by WHO.
Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and mastermind of Udhampur attack Abu Qasim alias Abdur Rehman was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir on early Thursday.
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Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and mastermind of Udhampur attack Abu Qasim alias Abdur Rehman was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir on early Thursday.The mastermind behind Udhampur BSF convoy attack was killed by security forces in an ambush at Khanday Pora area of Kulgam district.Qasim was also involved in some of the major attacks on security forces in Kashmir. In June 2013, he attacked an army convoy at Hyderpora, in which eight army soldiers were killed in. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Qasim had killed a police officer early this month in Bandipora district and managed to escape.Recently, the NIA-led probe into the Udhampur terror attack had revealed the role of Abu Qasim. The probe agency had stated that Qasim, had arranged logistics for the four Pakistani militants who later on carried out an attack on a BSF convoy on August 5.Qasim is believed to be a resident of Bawalpur in Pakistan. The NIA had declared cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs for the arrest of Qasim.More details to follow.
Africa Summit may bring smiles to 16 Indian families held in prisons. Leaders call for setting mechanism to monitor Indian aid.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe and Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
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Even though restrictions and chaos on roads has brought the national capital to a gridlock, the India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) is set to bring smiles to the families of Indian citizens held as prisoners in African nations of Togo and Nigeria. A day ahead of the formal summit meeting, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a record 31 structured bilateral meetings with visiting African leaders separately, discussing issues of extending more line of credit (LoC), boosting trade and investment and also combating challenges of terrorism and working together to push reforms at the United Nations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> During his meeting with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, Modi specifically raised the issue of 11 Indian prisoners, arrested last year for sailing into that country’s waters. Their ship had left Ghana for Cameroon and due to technical snag, was forced to anchor in the Port of Brass. On July 25 last year, the Nigerian navy arrested the workers of the ship and handed them over to the Economic Financial Crime Commission of Nigeria. Earlier Swaraj raised the issue of five Indian prisoners held in Togo with its foreign minster Robert Dussey. “They were told to look into accentuating judicial process,” said the MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop. Togo foreign minister told Swaraj that his country would look into chances of presidential pardon as well, to expedite release of Indian prisoners. A common theme running across all the meetings was African leaders asking India to ensure to setup a monitoring mechanism and regular follow ups so that aid and Line of Credit is disbursed quickly to accentuate completion of projects. They highlighted that due to complexity of procedures and lack of communication and absence of regular monitoring, commitments are getting derailed, even though they appreciated India’s development projects in the continent and sought deepening of ties in diverse sectors including healthcare, education and capacity building. There was also an agreement to work together to ensure reforms at the United Nations. Foreign Minister of Mauritius Usha Dwarka Canabady added a new dimension demanding Indian support to the small island developing states for a dedicated seat at the UN Security Council. In his meeting, South African President Jacob Zuma said it was important that all like minded countries come together to ensure reform of the UN, observing that many conflicts in the world including the Syrian crisis could not be resolved because of veto powers of the UNSC member countries. African leaders also held detailed discussions with Modi on terrorism. While some central and north African countries sought defence cooperation to build capacity to counter terrorist outfit Boko Haram, Modi asked them to support an overarching convention on combating terrorism. “Fight against terrorism need global as well as legal action also. There are 17 sectoral conventions, but not an overarching convention,” Modi told leaders, adding the world should not dismiss the convention, by getting embroiled in the debate of definition of terrorism. “We will not be able to fight terrorism, if we remain entangled in such a debate,” he added. The South African leader also said coming together of African countries with India showed to the world that they no longer are dependent on former colonial powers. The Prime Minister also met Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, and Chairman of African Union. Mugabe is the co-chair for the India Africa Forum Summit, and the two leaders reviewed the preparations for the Summit. Earlier Swaraj while addressing India-Africa business summit asked African nations to take steps to attract investments from India, particularly for manufacturing and processing activities. “I would also encourage Indian and African business enterprises to take advantage of our ‘Make in India’ initiative to work towards mutually beneficial joint business ventures,” she said.
In a first of its kind initiative, the BCCI has requested the Yerwada jail authorities to provide them with two rods of the cell where Mahatma Gandhi was lodged.
A trophy out of prison rods? That is exactly what the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is batting for. After all, when a test series is titled after Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela – iconic freedom fighters who spent major portion of their lives behind bars – could there be a better thing that could go into the making of the ‘Freedom Trophy’? In a first of its kind initiative, the BCCI has requested the Yerwada jail authorities to provide them with two rods of the cell where Mahatma Gandhi was lodged. The plan is to fuse them with the rods from the cell where Mahatma’s South African counterpart Nelson Mandela was locked up to make the ‘Freedom Trophy’ that will be awarded to the winner of the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela test series.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BCCI president Shashank Manohar has already sent a letter to the director general (prisons) in Pune, requesting the same. “We request if your good office can make available two prison rods from the cell where Gandhiji was imprisoned which will be fused with metal pieces from the Robbin Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) to create this unique Freedom trophy,” reads the letter. DG (prison) BK Upadhaya confirmed having received the letter and said the department is in the process of examining it since Mahatma’s cell is a preserved site. “We have marked the letter to Yerwada prison superintendent for his remarks,” Upadhya told dna. The BCCI letter dated October 7, 2015, however, says the intent of the BCCI and the Cricket South Africa (the governing body of South African cricket) is to create a unique trophy that will be used both in India and South Africa by the staging nations for the time to come. “To create a one of its kind trophy, we would like the trophy to be made with the inclusion of the two metal piece rod from Yerwada central prison cell where Gandhiji was imprisoned several times during India’s freedom struggle,” reads the letter. The letter has also been marked to the office of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and additional chief secretary (home) for consideration. The month-long test series between the two nations is scheduled to start on November 5.
Once Dawood’s right hand man, 55-year-old Rajan is said to be facing serious security threats from gang of Karachi-based don and has long been hopping places in South East Asia to avoid attempts on his life.
Various theories on Wednesday floated around the arrest of underworld don Chhota Rajan in Bali, Indonesia, but the one that gained prominence was speculation that he feared elimination at the hands of Chhota Shakeel, the closest aide of Dawood Ibrahim.Indian authorities are working on the documentation to be provided for deportation from Indonesia, which has been made easy recently after the two countries signed an agreement to handover criminals based on a court warrant. The Indian Government had issued a notification on August 21, 2015 to facilitate repatriation of criminals from each other’s territory.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once Dawood’s right hand man, 55-year-old Rajan is said to be facing serious security threats from gang of Karachi-based don and has long been hopping places in South East Asia to avoid attempts on his life.”I am not scared,” he said when reporters asked him if he was scared of threats to his life from rival gangs, including one headed by Dawood.However, he parried questions whether he has reached a deal with Indian intelligence agencies to return to India. The Indonesian Police has provided him a strong protective cover of special commandos amidst reports that rivals could eliminate him.Asked whether Indonesian police did not find it suspicious to spot Rajan alone as police, rival gangs and mafias were looking for him, Bali Police commissioner Nainggolan said “of course, it is very suspicious. When we caught him, he looked scared…He was smoking constantly.” Bali Police spokesman Hery Wiyanto said they were aware of the threats faced by Rajan and he has been placed with special commandos for protection.”We have all the measures in place to ensure that the prisoner’s security is not compromised. Since he is a foreigner, we have heightened security for him,” he told reporters.
It is also incomprehensible that India which represents almost one-sixth of world’s population and has all credentials to be a permanent member of the Security Council, is still out of it.
The Security Council continues to be representative of a world order of 1945 (AFP)
Pushing for United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said it was “inconceivable” and “incomprehensible” that India and the African continent do not have a permanent representation in the elite club and that both need to work to remove this “anomaly”. She lamented that Africa despite being the largest continent in terms of number of the countries and India, which has one-sixth of the world’s population, still don’t have permanent membership of the UNSC.”A major issue in this context is that of UN Security Council reforms. The Security Council continues to be representative of a world order of 1945. It is inconceivable that the Security Council today does not have any permanent representation from Africa which is the largest continent in terms of number of countries. It is also incomprehensible that India which represents almost one-sixth of world’s population and has all credentials to be a permanent member of the Security Council, is still out of it. We all need to work together to remove this anomaly and media has an important role in this,” Swaraj said in her inaugural address of 3rd India-Africa Editors Forum.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swaraj said India Africa and other developing countries need to work hand-in-hand in two critical areas- climate change and world trade – in the form of Conference of Parties (COP)- 21 on Climate Change in Paris and the 10th WTO Ministerial in Kenya in December this year. “In both these meetings also India, Africa and other developing countries will have to work hand-in-hand to ensure that our development agenda is not affected,” Swaraj said. She said 2015 has been a historic year for pushing forward South-South cooperation as India and Africa celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Asian-African Conference and the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership at Bandung.Earlier, speaking at the inauguration of a rose garden dedicated to India-Africa friendship in the national capital’s diplomatic enclave, Swaraj termed Africa as a frontier of “new opportunities”, adding “we are interested in Africa’s economic growth and its integration with global economy.”
Mumbai: A major fire broke out in South Mumbai’s busy Crawford market in the wee hours on Sunday, gutting over 60 shops.
Fire officials said there was no casualty reported in the blaze.
“Our control room received an alert at 5:23 am that a massive fire broke out at Crawford market. Soon 10 fire tenders and eight water tankers were pressed into action,” a fire brigade official told PTI.
The official said the blaze has been brought under control but efforts to douse it completely was still on.
Over 60 shops, mostly of perfumes and packaging material, were gutted, and the cause behind the blaze is yet to be ascertained, he said.
Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta visited the spot and asked locals who gathered around the market to keep a safe distance from the mishap site.
Crawford market is located in the vicinity of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the shops were mostly housed in old structures.
The most vulnerable lot are the motorcyclists, who make up for 23 per cent of all road traffic deaths.
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As per the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report, as many as 16.6 people per lakh die in road accidents in India, resulting in a loss of 3 % of Gross Domestic Product for the country. In its Global Road Safety Report, the WHO has stated that more attention is required to protect the vulnerable road users and improve vehicle safety. The most vulnerable lot are the motorcyclists, who make up for 23 % of all road traffic deaths. “In many regions, the problem is increasing. In the region of the Americas, for example, the proportion of motorcycle deaths out of all road traffic fatalities rose from 15 % to 20 % between 2010 and 2013. In the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, a third of all road traffic deaths were among the motorcyclists,” read the WHO statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Globally, the next least protected are the pedestrians and cyclists, making up for 22 % and 4 % of global deaths respectively. In India, the death percentage of 2- or 3-wheeler users is the highest at 33.9 %, followed by four-wheeler users at 17.2 % and pedestrians at 9.1 %, while cyclists comprise 3.5 %. The data maintained by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways indicates that there is an almost 3 % increase in total deaths at 1,41,526 in 2014, since the previous year. Piyush Tewari, the founder of SaveLIFE Foundation, said, “The report should be an eye-opener for our law makers, as it categorically states that the Indian road safety laws do not meet the best practice requirements for four out of five risk factors: enforcing speed limits, prevention of drunk driving, safety of children and use of helmets. Even for seat-belts, where the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, is in consonance with the WHO standards, the enforcement is poor and India has a pathetic score of 4 out 10. With respect to vehicle safety, India meets only two out of the seven vehicle safety standards.”
REUTERS – Virat Kohli struck his first one-day international century since the World Cup in February to lead India to a series-levelling 35-run victory over South Africa in Chennai on Thursday.
Kohli made a fluent 138, his third-highest knock in 165 ODIs, to steer the hosts to an imposing 299 for eight in the fourth match of the five-game series.
South Africa replied with 264 for nine, AB de Villiers top-scoring with 112 off 107 balls, as India tied the series at 2-2 ahead of the deciding fifth match in Mumbai on Sunday.
Kohli’s 138 came off 140 deliveries and featured six fours and five sixes including one off Aaron Phangiso to bring up his 23rd ODI hundred and his first against the Proteas.
The Indian batsman shared two century partnerships, the first with Ajinkya Rahane (45) and the second with Suresh Raina (53) who bounced back to form after making ducks in his two previous matches.
Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada were the pick of the South African bowlers, taking three wickets each.
“It always feels good when you get a century and the team wins,” Kohli said. “I told (De Villiers) in the dressing room my heart was in my mouth when he was batting.
“He plays unbelievable shots. He’s a very modest man, too, never praises himself, so I’ll do that for him. The credit goes to him. He fought it out.”
Quinton de Kock got South Africa’s reply off to a flying start when he blasted 43 off 35 balls but his departure left De Villiers to fight a lone hand.
Like Kohli, the South African captain brought up his ton with a six, off Amit Mishral.
It was his 22nd ODI hundred, a record for a South African, but was not enough to get his team over the line after he fell to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who scooped up the last three wickets to finish with three for 68.
“We had a great opportunity to clinch the series,” De Villiers said. “It was a hard-fought game and I loved the way the boys fought till the end.”
(Reporting by Julian Linden,; Editing by Neville Dalton)
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The FIR filed on Wednesday which has slapped the serious charge of sedition against Hardik, has transcripts of his telephonic conversations with one Kuldip
Hardik Patel, who is spearheading the Patel quota agitation, had asked his aides to block all highways of Gujarat if he was held by police ahead of the India-South Africa ODI match in Rajkot on October 18 which he had threatened to disrupt, according to an FIR filed by the city police.The FIR filed on Wednesday which has slapped the serious charge of sedition against Hardik, has transcripts of his telephonic conversations with one Kuldip. In the discussions, Hardik is heard asking him if he would be able to block a highway near Sayla town linking Surendranagar and Rajkot districts anytime it was needed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another conversation with Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener of Surat, Alpesh Kathiria, that took place on October 17, Hardik had allegedly asked him not to forget to block the highways on October 18, the day of the match.”Do not forget… you will have to block the Kamrej highway (in Surat)…All the highways of Gujarat must be blocked…none would be spared,” Hardik was quoted telling Kathiria.In another conversation on the same day with Kuldip, Hardik had asked the latter to keep watching TV and start their programme when the news of his arrest comes ahead of the cricket match.”Tomorrow…everything must go into right way as and when news of our arrest comes…keep watching the TV…Do not forget it…almost at nine’o clock tomorrow…roads should be blocked…watch carefully…you will have to start that as and when news of our arrest comes,” Hardik told Kuldip.The FIR also has transcripts of his close aide, Dinesh Patel’s telephonic conversation where in he asked an unknown member of PAAS to start riots outside the Rajkot cricket stadium and also to ‘gherao’ cricketers if Hardik is arrested.Hardik, who was detained by Rajkot rural police ahead of the India-South Africa One-Day International as he had threatened to disrupt the match, was arrested by the Rajkot rural police for allegedly insulting the national flag on October 19.Soon after Hardik was granted bail on the same day by a local court, Surat police arrested him in connection with the sedition complaint filed against him for allegedly instigating a Patel youth to kill policemen.A case of sedition under IPC section 124 (sedition) was registered against him in Amroli police station of Surat. Yesterday, the city crime branch had filed second case of sedition against the 22-year-old Patel leader for “waging war against the Gujarat government.”In the second case against Hardik and five others, they were charged under IPC sections 121 (waging war against government), 124 (Sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (Assertions prejudicial to national integrity). Others who have been charged include Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Ketan Patel, Amrish Patel and Alepsh Kathiria.
Traffic will be bumper to bumper. So be careful out there.
Delhi is celebrating two big festivals today. Dusshera and immersion of Durga idols, although most idols will be immersed on October 23. On the occasion of Dusshera, several Ramlila committees will organise massive procession as shobha-yatra and it’s an obvious anticipation that roads in several parts of the national capital will be jam-packed.Several light and heavy vehicles for immersion of the Durga idols will also cause the traffic to least movable in some parts. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandeep Goyal told that such programmes may affect the traffic movement in Delhi, reported Hindustan Times.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”To ensure the safety of drivers, some instructions have been issued. If vehicle drivers want to avoid traffic and jam, they must follow the advice by traffic police,” Goyal was quoted as saying.Procession of Samyukta Durga Pooja Shibha Yatra Samiti of Chitranjan Park will start at 1:30 pm on October 22 that will have trucks, tempos, tractors and cars etc. This will affect traffic on roads connecting to ISBT Kashmiri gate. Other processions are likely to damp the traffic on Mandir Marg, peshwa Road, Gol Market, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, Baba Khadag Singh Marg, Cannaught Circus, Minto Road, DDU Marg, BSZ Marg, Delhi Gate and JLN Marg, report said.The report further said that several processions are supposed to start from several parts of South Delhi including RK Puram and Greater Kailash that will go to Kalindi Kunj via Nehru Place.This is likely to affect traffic on Savitri flyover, Chirag Dilli flyover, Nehru Place, Kalkaji Mandir Road, Modi Mill flyover etc.Instructions to common people by the Delhi Traffic Police – If you have to reach New Delhi railway station, Old Delhi railway station, Nizamuddin railway station or Inter State Bus Station, make sure that you leave at least one and a half hour in advance- Prefer public transport particularly Delhi Metro over private vehicles – Park your vehicles at designated parking spots only – Do check your vehicle properly when you leave a parking spot – Incase you find any suspicious material or activity, notify the police control room immediately
1. Shiv Sena threat: ICC withdraws umpire Aleem Dar from India-South Africa series; Akram, Akhtar opt outThe ICC on Monday withdrew Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the remaining two matches of the ongoing one-day series between India and South Africa in the wake of Shiv Sena gheraoing BCCI chief Shashank Manohar forcing cancellation of talks with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan. Read more here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Zahid Bhat’s death: Kashmir writer Margoob Banhali returns Sahitya Akademi AwardNoted Kashmir writer and poet Margoob Banhali on Monday joined the growing list of litterateurs to return the Sahitya Akademi Award in protest against the “increasing attacks on minorities” in the country. Read more here.3. Oscar Pistorius released from prison under house arrest after a year behind bars for killing girlfriendOscar Pistorius, South Africa’s “Blade Runner”, was released on parole on Monday, just short of a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Read more here.4. Joe Biden is entering 2016 president race, says US lawmakerA US lawmaker has said that Vice President Joe Biden will run for presidency, even as the White House remained tight lipped about it except for saying that an announcement on the decision is coming soon. Read more here.5. Canada’s new PM Justin Trudeau vows to bring hope, changeCanada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is moving back to the house where he grew up. The Liberal leader, son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, led his party to victory in a federal election on Monday. Read more here.
The ICC on Monday withdrew Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the remaining two matches of the ongoing one-day series between India and South Africa in the wake of Shiv Sena gheraoing BCCI chief Shashank Manohar forcing cancellation of talks with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan.
The ICC on Monday withdrew Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the remaining two matches of the ongoing one-day series between India and South Africa in the wake of Shiv Sena gheraoing BCCI chief Shashank Manohar forcing cancellation of talks with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan.Dar, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had officiated in the first three matches and was also scheduled to umpire in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai on October 22 and 25, respectively.The ICC made the decision following today’s incident in Mumbai where a group of Sena activists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India offices, and threatened to prevent the umpire from standing in the fifth ODI on Sunday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manohar and Khan were to discuss the resumption of the Indo-Pak cricket ties and unofficial talks might be held in Delhi tomorrow.”Under the present circumstances, it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem that he will be able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities. As such, he has been withdraw and his replacement will be announced in due course,” an ICC spokesman said.Meanwhile BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had said that Dar’s presence will not be affected by any threat from any group.”There was a possibility of a protest in Saurashtra as well. 50,000 people were supposed to turn up in Rajkot. So I am not going into any threat perception. The fact is that India will also host the T20 World Cup in 2016 and it is the responsibility of every Indian to keep our image of sportmanship alive,” Thakur said.Meanwhile, former Pakistan fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have pulled out from the commentary team of the official broadcaster for the fifth and final one day international between India and South Africa scheduled to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on October 25, in the wake of Shiv Sena threat against Pakistan cricketers and officials participating in any activity in Mumbai.According to sources, Akram and Akhtar pulled out on their own and their was no pressure from anyone as it was about threat perception.
MUMBAI Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar has been withdrawn from the ongoing series between India and South Africa, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday.
The ICC said it decided to remove Dar from the series after protesters stormed Indian cricket’s headquarters, demanding his removal.
“Under the present circumstances, it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem that he will be able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities,” the ICC said in a statement.
“As such, he has been withdrawn and his replacement will be announced in due course.”
Dar, a member of the ICC’s elite panel of umpires, had been appointed to officiate in each of the five one-day internationals between India and South Africa.
He stood in the first three matches but will skip the last two with the ICC confirming the decision was made as a direct result of the protests.
“The ICC has made the decision following Monday’s incident in Mumbai where a group of extremists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India offices, and threatened to prevent the umpire from standing in the fifth ODI on Sunday.”
The fourth match is scheduled for Chennai on Thursday and fifth for Mumbai no Sunday.
(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Rex Gowar)
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NEW DELHI India is talking to South Africa to buy coal mines there to feed its expanding steel industry, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said, adding that New Delhi also hopes to stop imports of coal used to generate power in three years as domestic output jumps.
After years of poor production crippling power supply, state-run Coal India is boosting output at a record pace to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s goal of connecting to the grid millions of Indians who still make do with kerosene lamps.
But India, which wants to triple its steel capacity to 300 million tonnes by 2025, does not have enough reserves of coking or steelmaking coal, prompting Coal India to look at assets abroad, Swarup told the Reuters Global Commodities Summit on Monday.
“They are presently in negotiations with people in South Africa,” Swarup said. “We imported around 80-90 million tonnes of coking coal last (fiscal) year and if that is the amount that can come through a mine owned by Coal India, it would consider it.”
Swarup declined to give any investment figure but said money was not an issue for Coal India, which had cash and bank balance of more than $8 billion for the year ended March 31.
Overall coal imports into India, the world’s third-largest buyer, fell for the third straight month in September in a country used to seeing shiploads coming in as new power plants started. Coal India’s output grew 32 million tonnes to 494.2 million tonnes in the fiscal year 2014/15, the biggest volume rise in its four-decade history.
“In three years we should be able to mine (all the power-generating) coal we require,” Swarup said. “The quality of coal that is not available will still be imported.”
India is looking to more than double its total coal output to 1.5 billion tonnes by the end of this decade, with 500 million coming from the private sector. Swarup said India is working out details to open up the nationalized sector and allow private companies to mine and sell coal.
The turnaround in India’s coal industry has been a highlight of Modi’s tenure in office since May last year, and the prime minister is keen that output grows further.
“We are reasonably satisfied (with the coal resurgence), though there is still a long way to go,” Swarup said.
But environmentalists are worried the world’s third-largest polluter is leading a pan-Asian dash to burn more of the dirty fossil fuel amid international efforts to contain global warming. (link.reuters.com/wup75w)
Global investment banks are under pressure from environmental groups to steer clear of India’s plan to raise as much as $3.3 billion from selling a 10 percent stake in Coal India.
Swarup said the environment was a non-negotiable issue. He said India was planning to plant more trees than it cuts during coal mining operations, wash coal to improve its quality, push renewable energy and promote other “clean-coal” technologies.
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